Nyumbani is a ten minute walk away from the quintessentially French village of Cazals. Shops surrounding the tree-lined market square include butcher, bakers, newsagent, small supermarket and pharmacy. Other amenities include a café bar, a good local restaurant, a bank and a medical centre.
Even closer to the property is a pretty lake with sandy beach for swimming and shaded picnic areas. Here there is also tennis, boat hire, fishing (permit required) and an outdoor café serving hot meals.
Cazals is in the centre of ‘The Bourianne’, a region of rolling wooded hills. Whether on foot, by bicycle or by short drive, you will be enthralled by the delights of this quite beautiful area as you pass over thickly wooded hillside or through hidden combes and valleys and into charming small villages. There is something to delight at every turn. This whole immediate area is home to many artists who draw their inspiration from the natural unspoilt beauty of the area.
The exquisite village of Les Arques, extensively restored in recent years, lies just 5 kilometers from Cazals. It boasts the famous Zadkine museum which holds many of his most celebrated sculptures (web link) as well as one of the finest restaurants in the area.
For a relaxing afternoon why not visit the medieval village of L’herm (where summer opera concerts are held in a tiny church) and delight your senses while you partake of afternoon tea at the nearby lavender farm.
The Friday morning market at Prayssac, 15 minutes drive away to the south, is not to be missed. Two major supermarkets are located here if you need that ‘big’ shop. Driving north for 20 minutes you will arrive in Gourdon, a lovely medieval town and the chief town of the Bourianne. There are many interesting small shops here as well as a number of large supermarkets.
Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 75 km
Nearest Ferry : Caen at 640 km
Nearest Train : Cahors at 33 km
Nearest M’way : Cahors Nord at 25 km
Nearest Bar/pub : Cazals at 600 m
Nearest Restaurant : Cazals at 600 m
Local Area Activities
Boating lake and tennis nearby, market village, all amenities, wonderful walking and cycling, canoeing on the Dordogne, historic towns and villages, vineyards and wine tasting, prehistoric caves, museums, musical and other festivals, village fetes, fishing, caving, river cruises and so much more!
The Lot Region
Cazals is perfectly located for wider exploration through the Lot and Dordogne valleys. Cahors, founded in roman times, is a 25 minute drive to the south east. It is the chief city of the Lot, boasting the magnificent 14th century fortified Valentre bridge. A friendly and welcoming city, you can meander through ancient narrow streets with medieval houses and baroque doorways and you can sit at café terraces and watch the world go by. The Wine Trail leads west from Cahor along the wide valley of the Lot. It offers endless opportunities to sit among the vines and compare the celebrated, robust red wines of the region.
East of Cahors, high above the Lot, perched like a sentinel on limestone outcrops, lies St. Cirq Lapopie. Its outstanding architecture earned its place among a select group of villages known as ‘Les Beaux Villages de France’. It abounds in interesting shops, cafes and restaurants, not to mention breathtaking views along the valley.